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The Plagues of Egypt.

The Plagues of Egypt.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.


Exodus vh. o.

And the Egyptians shall know that I am the
Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon
Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel
from omong Hum.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.


Exodus vh. o.

And the Egyptians shall know that I am the
Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon
Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel
from omong Hum.

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THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Exodus vh. o.And the Egyptians shall know that I am theLord, when I stretch forth mine hand uponEgypt, and bring out the children of Israelfrom omong Hum.The Lord is the creator and governor of allthe earth, and all his creatures, but thoseespecially which are peculiarly gifted withreason and speech, should shew forth hispraise. But he is too generally neglectedand set aside, as if he were notliing in hisown worlds and mankind, who are underpeculiar obligations to honour and serve him,rise up in the most daring and direct rebel-lion against him, and not only cast off hisauthority through negligence, but oppose, hisG 2124 THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT.willy and break his commandmeDts throughunbelief and hardness of heart. Yet he willbe glorified in the earth. For that purposehe of old selected one nation, whom hehonoured with his presence and favour, towhom he revealed himself, and appointed hisstatutes and ordinances, that thej might bea peculiar people to shew forth his praise.For that purpose he has now a Christianchurch on earth, to whom he has given thestill clearer revelation of his gospel, and inwhicli he has a people to serve him, as he hasdeclared that he always will have so long asthe world shall endure. For the same pur-pose, namely, to glorify himself in the earth,he has often visited various nations or indivi-duals with severe and tremendous judgments.
 
The punishment of Cain, the destruction of the old world by the deluge, the confusion of tongues at Babel, the overthrow of Sodomand Gomorrah by fire and brimstone rainedfrom the Lord out of heaven, the turning of Lot's wife into a pillar of salt, have alreadyappeared before us in the records of thissacred history. Few are more striking, orTHE PLAGUES OF EGYPT. 125more circumstantially related than those withwhich the kingdom of Egypt was visited,before its haughty and hardened king couldbe made to submit himself to the commandof God. Indeed it was a great occasion.The Exodus is that event to which God morefrequently calls the attention of the Israelitesthan any other. It was the great deliverancewhich was continually set before them as hisspecial mercy to them, until it was super-seded by that still greater deliverance effectedfor the whole race of mankind by the Son of God himself. It was the mercy by whicheven the giving of his law was prefaced ; butit yielded in power, and interest of motiveto all holy obedience, to that crowning mercyby which Jesus obtained an eternal redemp-tion for us.The several steps, by which that deliver-ance of the Israelites from the bondage inEgypt was effected, we are now to review.They form a series of miracles, which bearthe two-fold character of tremendous judg-ments upon the Egyptian nation, and of distinguisliing mercies to Moses and his126 THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT.people. They were eflFected by the mightypower of God^ who has all creatures, animateand inanimate, at his eommand, and by the
 
outward sign of the stretching out of thatwonder-working rod, which God had conse-crated for the purpose, when he first spakeunto Moses out of the midst of the baraingbush.The first miracle wrought in the prese»;eof Pharaoh was calculated to shew him themighty power of God; and to strike him withalarm, but in itself it was harmless. Mosesand Aaron went unto Pharaoh, and, as theLord had previously directed him to do,Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh,and before his servants, and it became a ser-pent. Here was a visible display of ahnighlypower. Two single, unassisted men, witherfriends or allies, of a despised and oppressednation, stand in the presence of a powerfitlking and his nobles, all enemies to them, andat this time peculiarly enraged against them.There could be no collusion, no predispositionto be deceived, and Moses and Aaron wellknew tiiat insufferable contempt, and moreTHE PLAGUES OF EGYPT. . 127cruel hardships, if not even death itself,awaited them, if they should fail of givingsome such miracle as was demanded of them.It was not unreasonable that such a proof of their authority should be required. Andeyery age may expect that if God shall sendany servant with any special commission, hewin add miraculous powers as a seal to thatconuuission. If any should now attempt toutter any new prophecies, if they shouldclaim divine inspiration, if they should pro*fess to promulgate any new revelation, orto issue any e:&traordinary command in thename of the Lord, we might properly ask,what miracles do ye shew ? For everyextraordinary commission has been thus au-thentieated, and signs and ^it)nders have everaccompanied the mission of those who havebeen sent with any express and previously

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